Community

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IMPORTANT! Please read the following information before making referral

STUDIO DISCOVERY PROGRAMME: in person, 5-weeks, 3hrs p/w, free-of-charge

STUDIO CONNECT PROGRAMME: online, 5-weeks, 3hrs p/w, free-of-charge

MUSIC INDUSTRY RECOVERY PROGRAMME: in person, 12-weeks, 3hrs p/w, £65 p/w

All programmes subject to eligibility criteria, assessment and Terms & Conditions (see below).

Throughout the pandemic we continue to provide in-person services at COVID secure locations in London & Manchester PLUS online for musicians isolated or unable to travel. As restrictions ease we’ll be re-introducing in-person services in Birmingham, Bristol & Brighton.

ELIGIBILITY & FEES

5-Week Studio Discovery Programme: free-of-charge for people NOT under S117 or eligible for social care

5-Week Studio Connect (Online) Programme: free-of-charge for people NOT under S117 or eligible for social care

12-Week Music Industry Recovery Programme: £65 p/w for people under S117 and/or eligible for social care or personal health budget

Subject to assessment. Terms & Conditions apply.

Free-of-charge places are offered on a discretionary basis paid for through our charitable funds only for people not eligible for social care or other financial support.

12-week Music Industry Recovery Programme costs £65 p/w, referral by mental health services for people eligible for social care funding via S117 / personal budget / direct payment.

REFERRAL

IF YOU’RE RECEIVING SUPPORT FOR YOUR MENTAL HEALTH, REFERRAL NEEDS TO FROM SOMEONE INVOLVED IN YOUR CARE

IF YOU’RE NOT CURRENTLY RECEIVING SUPPORT FOR YOUR MENTAL HEALTH WE CAN ACCEPT A SELF-REFERRAL

IF IN DOUBT PLEASE CONTACT US BEFORE MAKING A REFERRAL.

REFERRAL FORM (HEALTH / SOCIAL CARE) Click here if you’re a health or social care worker making a referral on behalf of someone else

REFERRAL FORM (SELF REFERRAL) Click here for self-referral if you’re not currently receiving support for your mental health

PROGRAMME PHILOSOPHY

Developing an identity as an artist offers a new way of knowing yourself and a chance to redefine who you are.

You’ll increase your confidence and self-esteem, learn new skills, build resilience and open pathways to life opportunities.

Specially trained music industry mentors and managers will support you to set and achieve realistic goals.

The feelgood factor from professionally produced mixes of your musical ideas and the encouragement and feedback from professionals, peers and wider audiences will boost your wellbeing and recovery.

On completion you’ll be freer from the limitations of your mental health and more aware of your true potential.

WHAT’S INCLUDED

  • One-to-one studio and artist development sessions
  • Pre-start taster session and assessment
  • Professionally produced mixes of tracks
  • Develop artist brand and marketing assets
  • Industry mentors, professional advice
  • Regular open mic events
  • Option to release on in-house label inc mastering, licensing & distribution
  • Progression to volunteering, training & employment opportunities

Added Value:

  • Music industry mentors trained in mental health awareness
  • SMS text reminders for every session
  • In-house volunteer programme, concerts and social events
  • Liaison with mental health services
  • Signposting to wellbeing support

COVID-19

In-person activities take place at Covid-secure locations risk assessed regularly in line with government guidelines. For musicians isolated or unable to travel due to COVID we are offering a free-of-charge online Studio Connect programme.

Hospitals

We provide in-reach services for young people and adults receiving treatment on inpatient acute, intensive care, secure and rehab psychiatric wards in hospitals in London and other locations in the UK.

Using a pop-up recording studio format our specially trained musicians and producers encourage patient engagement in song writing, lyricism, beat making, production and recording. The sessions offer an accessible, inclusive and energising mix of genres.

Patients are supported and encouraged to step up to the mic, have a go writing lyrics and music, make beats, produce and record tracks or simply enjoy the sounds.

The objectives are based around social inclusion and recovery and include:

  • Develop social, communication, creative, technical and vocational skills
  • Rekindle ability to express feelings, make choices, take turns and respect the views and tastes of others
  • Opportunity to re-engage in leisure interest and spend time with others who have a common interest in music
  • Bringing patients and staff together in a positive activity
  • Space to foster hope and aspirations for the future
  • Signpost progression to music services in the community post-discharge

We work closely with ward staff to tailor session format and content to suit ward specialisms and patient interests. An audit after each session reviews clinical feedback, patient engagement and comments and can be included in patient satisfaction surveys.

Our approach is effective in engaging patients who might not be motivated to participate in other ward activities. It’s a useful way of signposting patients to our community programme, and visits to our studio can be arranged with ward staff or care team which can help to contribute to care planning post-discharge from hospital.

Performance

Live performance is a key component of our therapeutic approach. Performing original material produced in our studios at open mics, concerts, and in music videos, provides a boost to artists’ confidence and self-esteem and is a powerful way of challenging stigma and discrimination around mental health issues. Our regular shows are energising and life-affirming for performers and audiences alike. Our talented singers, rappers and musicians can provide a wide variety of music to suit all tastes and we welcome booking enquiries from promoters and event organisers.

Progression

Music industry advice and signposting to mainstream opportunities. Our in-house artist volunteer programme provides work experience opportunities with training and support.

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